After winning 17 of his first 19 games as USF football coach, USF’s Charlie Strong presided over one of the worst 18-game stretches (4-14) in program history. Here’s a breakdown of that swoon, which ended with his dismissal Sunday:
• USF’s average losing margin during that stretch was 21.9 points. Twelve of the 14 defeats were by double digits.
• Its eight-game skid during the stretch (the last six games of 2018, first two of 2019) is the longest in the program’s 23-season history.
• Only one of its four victories this season came against a Division I-A team (BYU) that will finish the year with a winning record.
• The Bulls didn’t convert a field goal longer than 37 yards during those 18 games.
• USF averaged 339.9 yards a game in those 18 contests. For context, the 2017 team that went 10-2 averaged 513.
• During that stretch, the Bulls allowed 228.7 rushing yards a game.
• They failed to score a first-half touchdown in eight of those 18 games.